Tag Archive for: apple

Microsoft iPod

What if Microsoft re-designed the iPod packaging? What might that look like? This video will tell you.

Some Fun

Apple will be announcing some fun new products today. Engadget held a contest called “What Would Jobs Do?” and there were some great submissions. My personal favourite was the iPhone pictured below. All speculation of course. Any major announcements from Apple will likely take place on their 30th anniversary, April 1st.


Twice as Fast

I picked up a 2.1GHz PowerPC G5 iMac for Christmas. And a few months later, Apple introduced their new Intel-based Core Duo iMacs running at 2.0GHz. Apple claimed significant performance increases, advertising 2 times faster than the 2.1GHz PowerPC G5 iMacs.

The new iMacs are a bit faster for some things. Most of the benchmarks are showing roughly 1.1 to 1.3 times as fast for some, not all, native applications. Non-native apps, ones that have to run using Apple’s Rosetta code-translation technology, run about half as fast.

I suspect things will change in another year or so. But right now, I find the current iMac to be a great desktop machine. I run a wide range of applications and I find the machine very responsive. I also use an IBM ThinkPad quite heavily and it seems less responsive.

The full breakdown on Macworld’s tests can be found here. Below is a picture of a PowerPC G5 chip.
PowerPC G5

Turning 30

Apple will turn 30 years old on April 1st, 2006.

“One last thing… you know, Apple was founded on April Fool’s Day in 1976. We thought that was pretty funny at the time. And what that means is that Apple will be thirty years old this April Fool’s Day. And I don’t know what we’re going do for it, but since we may not see many of you before then, I just wanted to point it out. Thirty years, making the best personal computers in the world.” – Steve Jobs

Mr. Mac

As you know, the cult of Mac requires all Apple followers to post pictures of their rigs. You have seen mine posted here. And a good friend of mine, Mr. Mac, sent me a copy of his rig.

He was understandably a bit reluctant to share his home office setup. He has been keeping it a secret for years. He has also kept his role as a part time programmer, working on open source development for FireFox and Linux, a secret. But there are some things that should come out in the open. I am sure his colleagues at work will understand.

Mr Mac

The Incredibles

A friend of mine pointed out an interesting scene from the movie The Incredibles. About 34 minutes into the movie, a computer keyboard gets used.

It’s a Mac. The Apple logo is there, right at the bottom left of the keyboard.

A bit subliminal, but I knew there was something that I really liked about this movie.

Incredibles keyboard

Interesting PR Photo

This picture is a publicity photo of Bill Gates apparently taken as part of the Windows 1.0 release in 1985. A bit unsettling for some reason. And, my word, over his shoulder, is that a Mac in Bill’s office?

Bill and his Mac

The Ultimate Accessory

The Royal Navy recently announced that they will acquire a fleet of Type 45 Destroyers. And the ship will come with integrated iPod charging stations in each cabin. PCs, cars, clock radios and now destroyers. iPod is everywhere.

Oh. And the destroyer looks pretty cool too. Not sure about the bridge superstructure though.

Type 45 Destroyer